As America's first youth orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic could just skate by on this distinction alone. But it doesn't. Throughout its 90-year history, the three-time ASCAP winner for Adventurous Music Programming has continued to prepare young people to pursue a wide variety of professional careers?some have even gone on to perform with institutions such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony.
Enchanting and enriching the community with passionate classical performances, the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra is composed of local masterful musicians showcasing their symphonic sublimity under the guidance of music director Travis Hatton.
Music director Maria Manzo leads the 60-voice Bravo! Vancouver Chorale and the Washington Chamber Orchestra through George F. Handel's baroque Christmas masterpiece, Messiah. With well-known melodies and brain-stimulating counterpoint, the legendary composition has enthralled listeners for centuries with such dramatic movements as the "Hallelujah Chorus" and the fact that singing the oratorio backwards reveals the message "King George II is Dead.” A host of soloists add individual flair to the 18th-century proceedings, weaving their voices through the sonic bombast of trumpets and euphonic delicacy of strings. St. Joseph Catholic Church provides a serene setting for evening, with colored-glass windows beautifully refracting light and temporarily forestalling panic when the sun turns blue.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.